"Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings" refused Chinese release

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>Kevin Feige is doing damage control in regard to the release of the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe tentpole “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” in China. The new Marvel movie does not have a release date there yet, and rumors have circulated for weeks the film might not pass China’s censorship laws in the midst of backlash against the movie. As reported by Variety, the Marvel Studios president gave a 14-minute interview with Chinese film critic Raymond Zhou at the “Shang-Chi” premiere this week in which he tried to overcome China’s biggest concerns about the movie.

>“Shang-Chi” has been bombarded with nationalist complaints for months now because of the character Fu Manchu, who is Shang-Chi’s father and primary nemesis in the comic books. Fu Manchu has been widely seen through the years as being racist and an embodiment of the Yellow Peril stereotype. Feige stressed that Fu Manchu is not involved in the film in any capacity. While Shang-Chi’s father is a major role in the movie played by Tony Leung, the character is not Fu Manchu. “[Fu Manchu] is not a character we own or would ever want to own. It was changed in the comics many, many, many years ago. We never had any intention of [having him] in this movie,” Feige said. “Definitively, Fu Manchu is not in this movie, is not Shang-Chi’s father, and again, is not even a Marvel character, and hasn’t been for decades.”

Is it over for Marvel Studios in China? The Eternals has also been refused a release there thanks to Chloe Zhao committing the cardinal sin and publicly criticizing the CCP.